China Understands Gravity of North Korean Crisis, Clinton Says

China Understands Gravity of North Korean Crisis, Clinton Says
# 25 May 2010 20:20 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she has had extensive discussions with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao on the crisis unfolding on the Korean peninsula, APA reports quoting businessweek.com website.
Clinton was speaking at a Beijing press conference today marking the end of the annual U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue:
“We had very productive and detailed discussions about North Korea, starting on Sunday night and going through today. The Chinese understand the gravity of the situation, and Premier Wen will be traveling to the Republic of Korea on Friday to consult with President Lee. Both Premier Wen and President Hu Jintao expressed their deep regrets over the loss of lives that came from this incident -- the sinking of the naval vessel.
“We pledged to stay in very close consultation. I told them I was going to South Korea tomorrow for consultations with both President Lee and Foreign Minister Yu. We will be reporting to the Chinese the results of our consultations and we will be discussing with them the results of Premier Wen’s visits on Friday.
“We expect to be working together with China in responding to North Korea’s provocative action and promoting stability in the region. I think it is absolutely clear that China not only values, but is very committed to regional stability and it shares with us the goal of a denuclearized Korean peninsula and a period of careful consideration in order to determine the best way forward in dealing with North Korea as a result of this latest incident.
“I believe President Lee has conducted himself in a very statesman-like manner. He has put forward very prudent measures that he hopes the international community will pursue and I look forward to consulting with both the Republic of Korea and China in the days ahead.”
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